Learning to Drive.
The biggest problem about driving lessons is the Learning, not the driving.
To those who have never driven before this may seem odd, but for the majority that contact us who have had lessons elsewhere, they agree.
It is very easy for you to spend time driving without Learning. This is your time wasted. And therefore your money is wasted, often lots of it.
We have people tell us they have spent thousands of pounds on not learning, but just driving around going over the same things.
People that come to us realise that we will set the same high standards for them that they set for themselves.
If you are the kind of person who would rather negotiate ten hazards excellently rather than one hundred merely averagely,
if you would rather spend a few hours learning to use the clutch correctly than spend a lifetime enduring jerky gear changes
and if you can understand that making mistakes is part of the learning process then you know that the Learning is more important than the driving when on lessons.
Many Learners have a reluctance to stop. This is not because of homicidal tendencies, but because it then means moving off again from stationary.
Moving off, to many, means a danger of stalling, with all the embarrassment and negative feelings that that may entail.
These emotions of what may happen when stopping therefore prevent full concentration on the task.
Few instructors are aware of this and therefore are unable to cure the symptom rather than the effect.
This leads to much wasting of time going over things that are already understood while ignoring what needs to be learned.
Moving off in a manual car involves use of the clutch.
Although instructors obviously have to be able to use the clutch, we don’t have to know in detail how the clutch works in order to pass our exams.
This leads to many instructors giving false information on the important subjects of moving off, gear changing and ‘coasting’.
This means that many Learners spend hours trying to perfect methods that are a lot less than perfect.
Although many of these alternative methods will enable a car to move off and get down the road, they make the car jolt and jerk .
Even though the instructor may tell the pupil that they are doing okay, if it feels wrong, it is wrong.
This then leads to feelings of inadequacy on the part of the Learner and a lack of confidence in their instructor and themselves.